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In the short term, Williams has landed the most challenging of first-round opponents.
Before Christmas, it was Mouratoglou who revealed that she was running out of knee cartilage.
But he downplayed the issue in a recent interview with The New York Times, arguing: “Serena’s knees are doing very well if you consider that they are the knees of a 34-year-old professional player. I don’t think they will be an obstacle to her performances in the future.” He also explained that the recent flare-up had been caused by one of the six-monthly injections that she has into the joint.
In the long term, too, this is shaping up as an intriguing year.
Williams always focuses intensely on the Olympics – an event where she has already claimed four gold medals from three different Games, and takes particular pride in winning the ladies’ doubles with her sister Venus.